What's the word concerning the Colorado Avalanche around the web? Our weekly collection (with a scoop of Adrian Dater) will fill you in and then some.
This week: The Avs somehow manage to rise in the rankings everywhere apart from TSN and NHL.com (apparently back-to-back wins against awful teams is more "power"-worthy than injuries).
|Outlet||Rank||Last Week||What They're Saying|
|19||21||And here we were thinking P.A. Parenteau was going to come in and be the setup guy for Matt Duchene. Pffft! Parenteau leads the way with six goals already to just two assists. Just asking: When exactly was it that Paul Stastny became one of the worst contracts in the league? The production isn't matching the price.|
|18||22||The Avs managed to halt an early, potentially season-wrecking slide with a couple of strong performances. A win over Edmonton Saturday marked their second in a row. (until Dallas...) They still need unsigned restricted free agent Ryan O'Reilly in the lineup.|
|21||23||The Avs begin the week with the league's worst power-play percentage (7.4 percent), and their penalty kill isn't all that much better. It doesn't help that injuries are piling up already.|
|-||22||Where the hell are your rankings?|
|-||16||Just Missed: Detroit, Toronto, Colorado, Los Angeles, Carolina|
|24||26||Their record may be better than it should be, given the absence of four of the team's top nine forwards from last season, three of them to injury. Captain Gabe Landeskog is out indefinitely with a head injury, the result of a huge hit from San Jose's Brad Stuart. Meanwhile, Ryan O'Reilly remains the lone unsigned big-name restricted free agent in the league, with no end to his contract standoff in sight. The Avs refuse to pay any more to O'Reilly than the $3.5 million cap hit they're taking from Matt Duchene's deal. Fans are beyond frustrated by the situation, given that Colorado has about $18 million in cap room. With such a good player doing nothing for them, the heat is on Avs management to do something, given all the injuries.|
|20||14||The Avalanche fall in the rankings, despite back-to-back wins because their injury list continues to grow, leaving them only a few proven options up front and taking out a D-man playing 19 minutes per game.|
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